ski

Welcome to the official Ski Oakenfull Website.
Ski is an Artist, Keyboard player, Producer, Remixer and Composer living in London. Having started his career with The K-Creative who were signed to Gilles Peterson's Talkin' Loud label in 1991, he went on to release two solo albums, Life Changes & Rising Son, play keyboards with bands such as Galliano, Raw Stylus & Two Banks of Four, remix over 50 tracks, and work at Xenomania. He currently releases music on his own label, Primaudial Records, plays live with The Bays, writes & produces with artists such as Incognito, Dave Lee, Valerie Etienne. He has an Ambient Electronic project called Ayota, and also does a bit of DJing in his spare time. Alongside his production work, Ski holds the position of Head of Education & Curriculum at Point Blank Music School where he writes courses in electronic music for their BA (Hons) degree programmes. He has also made over a hundred tutorial videos for the school's YouTube channel which have racked up over eight million views, and has recently become an Ableton Certified Trainer. Please have a look around this site, and feel free to leave a message.

In 2020 during lockdown in the UK, I composed some ambient music for a project commissioned by my good friend Nick Luscombe. He subsequently used the music to create a sound collage of field recordings made around Japan which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 2nd May 2021
You can listen back to the show here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000vqjq
And the audio is available below as well.

Here is a description:

Tokyo based DJ, producer and broadcaster Nick Luscombe explores the sound of spring in suburban Tokyo through field recordings and music.

This soundscape is inspired by Nick’s work with the Tokyo University Otocare project. Oto is the Japanese word meaning sound and the research project works with hospitals and other high-stress environments to bring sounds of nature and specially composed music to positively impact lives.

Click play to listen: 

Back in April 2020 at the start of the UK lockdown, Bluey called me and asked me if I'd like to play keyboards on some instrumentals that he'd been working on. At the time I had no idea what particular project these were for, but I knew they sounded great, so I jumped at the chance. Over the course of a month, I started experimenting with synths and ended up playing and writing on four tracks, three of which found their way onto what later became 'Aspects' by Str4ta.
The tracks I played on were 'Steppers Crusade', 'After the Rain', and 'Kinshasa FC'
In case you missed it, I recently did a live stream on Twitch where I opened up a couple of the Ableton Live projects and talked through the keyboard parts. You can watch it back here.

Artist: 
Str4ta
Release Date: 
26 March, 2021
Record Label: 
Brownswood
Listen to a preview: 
Audio Description: 
Steppers Crusade (Preview edit)

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